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Newman’s ‘From the Garden,’ other art shows rescheduled after snow

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at 5:22 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, March 1, 2013, at 12:41 p.m.

If you go

“From the Garden”

What: Paintings and 3-D artwork by Charles Baughman and Dan Gegen

When: Opening reception, originally scheduled for last week, will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. The show will be on display through March 22.

Where: Steckline Gallery inside Newman University DeMattias Fine Arts Center, 3100 McCormick

Admission: Free

Final Friday shows rescheduled for first Friday

Following are other shows rescheduled from last week’s snow-out:

•  Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd.: Opening reception for “Persistence of Vision” by Richard Crowson and Skyler Lovelace will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

•  Vintera Gallery, 412 E. Douglas: Art for Arthritis auction and gala preview show will be 5:30 to 9 p.m.

•  Midwest Center for Photography, 111 Ellis: Opening reception for the gallery’s juried exhibition will be from 7 to 10 p.m.

•  Gallery XII, 412 E. Douglas: “Up Close and Personal,” paintings by Shauna J. Shelton and pottery by Tricia Logan Gerard, will open at a reception from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

•  Wichita East High School, 2301 E. Douglas: Opening for the show “Art, What? Why Not?!!” will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the East High Performing Arts foyer.

Fiber Studio, 418 S. Commerce: “Common Goal II by Wichita State University graduate students” will open again from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

There was a time when a visit from his two young daughters to his art studio meant that Charles Baughman wasn’t going to get much done.

But that was before the chickens.

Baughman, a painter, sculptor and founder of the local Monart School of Art, will join his daughters Vivian, 8, and Nina, 5, at the opening of their new joint exhibit, “From the Garden,” a delayed Final Friday event at Newman University’s Steckline Gallery. The opening reception for the show, which also features 3-D artwork by Dan Gegen, was snowed out on Final Friday and is one of several shows around town that were rescheduled for this weekend.

The seeds for the show were planted a year and a half ago, when Newman’s director of visual arts, Mary Werner, asked Baughman to put together a show for the school’s gallery.

He decided to combine a couple of his passions – gardening and painting – and began to work on a series of flowers from his back yard: hyacinth, iris, lupine.

Then, Baughman and his wife, fellow artist Kate Pepper, got some chickens for their back yard.

“They’ve been the best pets we’ve ever had, even better than our dogs and our cats,” he said. “And the kids just love them.”

Baughman’s daughters, who were regular invaders of his studio, suddenly became obsessed with drawing the chickens.

Then Baughman became obsessed with their drawings.

“I just kept looking at their drawings saying, ‘They’re just gorgeous.’ They’re kind of simple, but they have a narrative. We started working together, taking their drawings and turning them into paintings with lots of pattern and bright colors.”

He would start the process by teaming with the girls to paint different pieces of paper, creating various colors, textures and surfaces. From the paper, they’d cut out shapes that, when glued onto a surface, would re-create the girls’ chicken drawings.

The father-daughter activity continued until Baughman realized he was on to something. The work had an Eric Carle feel, he said: childlike but with an air of sophistication.

“I realized it was finally at a point that I could do it with my kids and it could be really successful,” he said.

Baughman’s part of the show contains about 22 pieces, eight of which were created with the girls. The rest are the flower paintings he’d already been working on.

The girls were so exited for their first art opening and had invited friends from school, Baughman said. When snow canceled Final Friday at Newman, they were pretty disappointed.

But they’ll be at the show with their parents Friday for the rescheduled reception, which will be from 5 to 7 p.m.

“They are really thrilled,” Baughman said. “They’re like, ‘Wow, we get to do our first show.’ And it’s at the university, so it’s a big deal.”

Reach Denise Neil at 316-268-6327 or dneil@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @deniseneil.

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